President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian leaders have condemned the Ozubulu Church’s attack in which lives were lost and many injured.
A gunman was reported by the police to have killed the worshippers early on Sunday at the St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.
Buhari described the incident as “an appalling crime against humanity and unspeakable sacrilege.”
The President expressed his grief in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.
Buhari said that “there was no justification whatsoever to target Church worshippers and kill them in cold blood’’.
He said this kind of atrocity “plumbs the depth of depravity and extreme cruelty of the kind that words cannot adequately express’’.
According to the President, there is no religion that does not lay constant emphasis on the sanctity of life, and that “all Nigerians must rise up and speak with one voice against these remorseless evil men’’.
He reassured all Nigerians of his administration’s firm and uncompromising commitment to protect their lives and properties at all times.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, also expressed sadness over the killings.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, also condemned the tragedy and called for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the killing of worshippers was evil.
He called on security operatives to bring perpetrators of the crime to justice.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the attack and called it as barbaric and sacrilegious.
A statement issued by Mr Dayo Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary, National Caretaker Committee on Sunday in Abuja said the party was shocked to receive the news of the attack that led to the killing and injury of many worshipers.
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